Artists & Alchemists

Directed by: Chris Ekstein

Screening - Saturday, July 16, 2011, 5pm - 6pm

40 minutes | Unrated

This film, not yet released, will be generously shown by its directors as the introduction to Culver's Opening Night Reception for The Great Picture, the worlds largest photograph which completely envelopes the Culver Atrium. 

Artists & Alchemists explores the resurgence of 19th century chemical photography. By following ten renowned photographers creating daguerreotypes, ferrotypes and wet plate collodion photographs, Artists & Alchemists documents the sacrifice and personal vision needed to revive these once forgotten art forms. Viewers enter the studios of Jayne Hinds Bidaut, Chuck Close, John Coffer, Adam Fuss, Mark Kessell, Sally Mann, Mark Osterman, France Scully Osterman, Irving Pobboravsky and Jerry Spagnoli. 

The film will be followed by a discussion by the filmmakers and the photographers of The Great Picture.

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SHOW-IN 2014, a project by Brianna Skellie and Margit Galanter

Friday, October 3, 2014, 11am - 7pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 11am - 1pm

Long weekend of dance, collaboration, sharing, and material development